CTI, GIZ horn skills of SME owners, managers to conquer global market

23Jun 2021
Francis Kajubi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
CTI, GIZ horn skills of SME owners, managers to conquer global market

DOZENS of Small and medium size enterprise owners and managers have received training in innovative models of product branding, marketing and packaging of goods destined for the market.

CTI executive director, Leodgar Tenga speaking in Dar es Salaam this week. Photo: Francis Kajubi.

Confederation of Tanzania Industries Executive Director, Leodgar Tenga said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that some 35 SME owners and managers from Dar es Salaam have received the training courtesy of German’s GIZ’s Business Scouts for Development Department and Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) funded programme.

Tenga said CTI organised the training as part of an initiative dubbed as ‘Promotion of Manufacturing Industries Performance through Human Capacity Development.’ He said the initiative targets to build capacity of around 245 SME owners and managers in the areas of branding, packaging and marketing of their products in four urban areas of Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza and Tanga and ends in December this year.

“The beneficiaries include agro-processors, technology and telecom, food and beverage, leather and leather products, iron and steel manufacturers, among others,” he said while stressing the need to enhance a positive employer-employee relationship in the manufacturing working environment.

The CTI chief applauded GIZ Business Scouts for Development and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for financing the initiative saying it helps strengthen the manufacturing industries as well as exposing them to various opportunities that connect industries with business actors across the globe.

“CTI is dedicated at working with development partners to facilitate new innovations in the industrial sector by coordinating not only its members to well established manufacturers but also small and medium enterprises to which they can learn and get some productivity experience,” said Ashish Mistry, CEO of ALAF Tanzania Limited.

Mistry urged CTI to regularly organize similar sessions to help update its members of new technologies and labour relations evolving around the globe. “Often, manufacturing industries face human resource related challenges due to limited knowledge in labour laws. It is important for the manufacturing industries to be sensitized on new regulations,” he said.

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